Photos in order: Tahiti Tourisme (2); Air Tahiti Nui
I really shouldn't, but I always forget about Tahiti. The chain of volcanic islands ringed with heated white sand. The endless sandbars and the thriving markets. The luxe resort hotels and the pocket rainforests accessible only by hiking. Sigh.
Thankfully, Air Tahiti Nui just reminded me with their tidy upcoming packages of round trip airfare from New York or Los Angeles and four to six nights at the Moorea Resort & Spa on Moorea Island, Bora Bora’s less celebrity-ridden neighbor.
Still technically part of French Polynesia, although with growing autonomy, Tahiti also benefits from the LGBT-positive legal reforms in effect in France and the European Union.
Between the tanned LGBT tourists (“poopa” means Westerns) on vacation and the Rae Rae (kind of like Polynesian transsexuals), the capital city of Papeete has some decent queer nightlife, too.